David T. Ellwood is Malcolm Weiner Professor and academic dean at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1992 to 1994, he served as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services.
"I'll look forward to reading your book on why it failed this time," Senator Moynihan told me on my first visit as cochair of the Clinton working group on welfare reform. Herewith, the first installment.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a friend of some
years, was the first to sound the warning. When I met with him shortly after
arriving in Washington in February of 1993, he said, "So you've come to do
welfare reform. . . . I'll look forward to reading your book about why it failed
this time." Well, Senator, consider this the first installment.
In May 1994, a Times-Mirror poll asked the following question:
is no question that David Ellwood, the Clinton administration's chief welfare
intellectual, has been on a rough ride. But the political lessons he draws are
less than useful (see "Welfare Reform As I
Knew It," May-June 1996).